Look, after being here for only 6 days, I am by no means an expert on anything in New York, BUT this authentically French bakery is easily the find of the New York trip and it needs to be shared. In fact our 4 day trip was extended to 3 weeks largely because of this bakery. Thanks to Yelp, we found that Mille-feuille made some of the best coffee in New York City and equally delectable croissants. It was a short walk from our hotel and we soon discovered a little piece of Paris on Broadway. Oh and the story about how the Dessyn family came over from Paris makes you believe that America really is the land where dreams are made of.
Read it – it’ll make you want to quit you job tomorrow, book a flight and start something over here.
The bakery is popular with locals – always a good sign – and makes use of only the best ingredients – we’re talking organic flour, Vermont butter and absolutely no additives! You can’t go wrong with anything ordered out of here, but if you can only pick one pastry – my god, good luck – go for the Raspberry Almond croissant.
There are two Mille-feuille bakeries in New York and they actually offer classes out of their west village store. You can learn how to make the perfect french croissant, or the art of making the humble macaron. Unfortunately we couldn’t get into one as they are booked up way in advance – they’re tremendously popular! I’m truly sad we didn’t get a chance to go.
The Upper West Side bakery became the spot where we started each day in New York city. We’d grab a freshly brewed coffee and pastry-to-go and then stroll through to Central Park and watch the world go by. I’m sure the one in Greenwich village is just as lovely, if not lovelier – after all, it was the one that started it all.
I can’t recommend it enough – go – otherwise you’ll be sad you didn’t and no one wants that.